1. The meeting was called to order at 7:00 PM.
2. All board members were in attendance: Hank Earle, Mike Ercole, Marguerite Shortt, Tom Douglas, and Pat Ploeger.
3. It was announced that the advisory board is still advertising for the two, open board positions. Applications are being accepted and residents who already applied will be asked to return for a second interview. An update will be given at the next meeting.
4. Regarding lake management, proposals are currently being reviewed for weed harvesting. Additional proposals are being considered for herbicide treatments at the beaches and north end of the lake, as well as algaecide treatments utilized on half of the lake (or for twenty acres). Also, concerning weed mapping proposals, the town is following up on the DASNY grant for $50,000 that may be used towards the purchase of a carp gate. A carp gate would cost approximately $65,000; therefore, $15,000 would be potentially utilized from our budget.
5. A part-time parklands maintenance person will be hired for $16 to $18 per hour for 28 hours per week. Three applicants have been interviewed; job responsibilities include mowing Warren and Jackson Beaches along with the five, additional beach areas, the boathouse, access areas, raking the beaches, and other general duties. Maintenance equipment is being purchased for this job.
6. Former lifeguards will be contacted to find out who is interested in returning this summer and ensuring their certifications are current. Also, if anyone else is interested in applying, they can contact us.
7. Concerning the men’s softball league, their season will begin on April 6th. Some supplies have been purchased for the teams already. Mike will follow-up and give an update at the next meeting.
8. The swim team will be run by Gerry Dolan this summer, along with Sam Van Doran’s assistance.
9. It was noted that maintenance and lifeguard employees are not required to be residents in the district.
10. Barbara See will be running the volleyball games once again at Warren Beach this summer; this is open to the community.
11. The Events Committee is holding an Easter Egg Hunt on April 5th at Memorial Field from 1 – 3 PM.
12. Swim lessons are currently being looked in to. The lifeguards will be asked if they are interested in teaching them. Also, WSI certification is required and the fee for this course is approximately $500. Lake Carmel reimburses their instructors half this amount upon completion of the first year, and the balance after their second season. The board will discuss this at the work session.
13. Boat registration stickers are currently available at the Town Clerk’s Office. It was mentioned that boats can be stored on the parklands from March 1 to December 1. Also, beach ID wristbands are now available at the Town Clerk’s Office as well.
14. A resident asked if the board is requiring residents to remove boats annually. Hank explained that it will be handled this way for now; we have been getting rid of abandoned, damaged boats, keeping track of unregistered boats, and cleaning up the parklands. Right now, there are twelve, unclaimed boats that are in storage. We will auction them if unclaimed after a public hearing and sixty days’ notice. Last year, the board assisted residents with moving their boats and are available to assist anyone this season as well. A resident added that it’s a good idea since some animals use the boats as a shelter and garbage accumulates around them as well.
15. Spring Clean-Up Day will coincide with the town’s date of April 26. The town is providing free garbage bags at Putnam Lake Market so residents can dispose of any garbage. Last year, Russ Goff and his crew were kind enough to take care of extra items that people piled around the parklands, such as brush, leaves, etc. This clean-up is for household garbage and not bulk pick-up. Also, the dock installation at Warren Beach will take place as well. We are looking for volunteers to help with this. It was also discussed that one of next year’s goals may be to purchase new rafts. Different types will be looked into (i.e., composite material on top, aluminum rafts, etc.).
16. Ann Bittner from the Putnam County Health Department will advise of the beach inspection date after she receives the beach permit applications. We will send those out to her shortly.
17. Regarding other business, the town board voted to keep the advisory board at seven members for a year. It was also discussed that an update will be given at the next meeting concerning the additional, minor code changes pertaining to boating, parking on the side of the parklands, etc.
18. A resident asked what is being done about security and this was discussed at length. Hank mentioned that last year, there was no need for security since vandalism was very minor. It was suggested that community members become more proactive; if they are aware of an issue, and depending on the seriousness and urgency, they can contact either 911 or leaving a message at (845)878-6500 ext. 18. Also, an option would be to form a committee for this purpose. The town attorney can advise what our options are. Board members offered their assistance as well in patrolling the parklands and contacting the code enforcer, Sherriff’s Department, etc. if necessary. Also, the new maintenance employee can report any incidences. Pete Dandreano advised that a program can possibly be established either through a branch of the board or through a Putnam Lake Neighborhood Watch for this purpose.
19. A resident expressed their concern about a large, group of people placing unattended fishing poles at Jackson Beach. Mike will find out the DEC rule on this and advise at the next meeting. Also, Pat added that more signage needs to be posted for awareness regarding fishing, etc. It was also mentioned that it’s great to see a lot more kids using and fishing in the lake than in past years.
20. Tom indicated that this meeting location is not handicapped accessible and would like this put on the agenda. Further discussion will ensue at the next meeting.
21. The meeting was adjourned to the work session.